Life Skills: Student and Parent Information and Contract
Dear Parents and Students in Life Skills:
Below is information to help you understand the content of this course. Life Skills is a LACES graduation
requirement. Please read it and review it with your student. Please sign and return the tear off at the
bottom. My e-mail is Etopkis@aol.com.
Focus of course: Skills to be successful in high school and be prepared for college and career. This is a
writing intense course
Every student has a syllabus. Please ask your son or daughter to show you their copy. Students are
encouraged to purchase or create some kind of calendar/planner to help keep them organized. Besides
due dates, dates when projects will be worked on should be marked in the planner. The syllabus and
the 2 handouts for the term project are available on the school website: www.lacesmagnetschool.org
Home: the novel, Sindbad the Sailor and other Tales of the Arabian Nights by N.J. Dawood
Purpose: to teach students how to be more successful with written communication. Students will
learn the Claim – Support – Explain method of writing and how to annotate. This will prepare
students for the analytical in class writing assignment. Text: When the Wall Came Down by
Serge Schmenann. Purpose: To help students learn note taking and the writing process as it
pertains to AP World History.
In class: Learning for Earning: Banking Unit
Projects and major assignments
Time Management Poster Project due Meeting 3 Week 5
Term Project – written research paper on a college or university, excluding UC and CSU campuses.
Your son or daughter should not wait until the last minute to work on this assignment.
Detailed Outline due Meeting 1 Week 10
Written report due by the last meeting of Week 17. NO LATE PROJECTS
Career Research project – in class assignment. Weeks 10 – 11
Other key assignments
Preparing for test on High School, UC and CSU requirements. Test is Meeting 3 Week 7
Annotation of Sindbad’s 7 Voyages, due Mtg. 3 Week 10. Open book Essay Exam Mtg. 3
Week 10. Book due Mtg. 1 Week 12. Practice AP World Essay DBQ writing Mtg.1 Wk. 15
Preparing for Vocabulary Test. Word list distributed Mtg. 1 Week 13. Test is Mtg. 2 Wk. 16
Students will be writing two college personal statements. (The second is included with Common
Application.) due dates Mtg. 2 Wk. 8 and Mtg. 3 Wk 15.
Additional major assignments include a business letter, résumé, and filling out the Common
application. Students will register with College Board and should do SAT prep questions that they
receive in their e-mail. Note: all students and 1 parent need an e-mail address to complete the
college board registration process.
Field trip to UC Irvine planned for Wednesday, April 25, 2011. I would appreciate 2 – 3 parents
going as chaperones, along with the two school aides and myself. Please let me know if you can assist
with the field trip.
Students have homework and should be managing their time so that they can complete all assignments
by the due date. With few exceptions, homework is not accepted late. Success in this class is linked to
doing classwork and homework. Students should expect that they will average 3 hours of homework
for Life Skills each week. This includes working on projects and weekly homework assignments.
I have read and understand the components of Life Skills. I will strive to always complete and turn in work
Student’s name (Print neatly) Parent’s name (print neatly)
Student’s signature Parent’s signature
date/period Print clearly Parent e-mail